It takes me a while to get going in the morning. I usually lounge around in bed checking up on friends and family at home on social media and perhaps chatting to a few over Skype.
This morning had our first surf lesson! we headed over to Batu Bolong (one of the many surf breaks in the area) on our scooters to meet our instructor who showed us the ropes on land before we headed out into the waves. Unbelievably we all managed to stand up a couple times, although not without some damage and complete and utter exhaustion. Surfing is hard!
Next we headed to one of the many hipster cafes that fill Canggu, to fill up on some well earned breakfast and have a post surf de-brief. Most Cafes in the area are extremely health conscious and beautifully decorated
I like to try and hit the gym most days of the week. One of the great things about slow travel is that you can keep up fitness regimes that you have at home that regular backpacking would not allow. with the exception of India I’ve managed to stick to my fitness regime pretty closely.
By this point my body is completely finished. Time for some R&R. There’s a restaurant next door to our villa which serves Nasi Goreng (a typical indonesian dish) for just over a dollar, and it is exactly what I needed. That, and a dip in the pool to cool off after my workout.2–6In the hottest part of the day I like to find some AC in a nearby cafe or in the comfort of our villa and knuckle down to some studying. I’m currently working through the final credits required to complete my degree. The current module is globalisation and international business.
Time to relax! A few casual beers, some cards and dinner take up the time between sun down and the evening’s activities. after a brief hiatus in Chiang Mai, Caracole (our card game of choice) is back on the menu!
Canggu has a thriving bar scene, which we tried on for size this evening. A bar / restaurant called Old Man’s was the venue. Fortunately on this night it came alive with a live band playing what I think is called Calypso music? Canggu attracts all manner of interesting people so it was a great opportunity to meet some new people from all over the world.